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Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

We will remember them

24 July 2014

UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid visited the CWGC St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Belgium ahead of the commemorative events on 4th August.

Details of a national day of commemoration to mark the centenary of Britain's entry into the First World War were set out by Culture Secretary Sajid Javid today.

Solemn services of remembrance in London and Glasgow and a commemorative event in Belgium will be attended by members of the Royal Family and senior politicians from Britain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, and the Commonwealth built around the themes of remembrance, youth and education.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid who leads the Government programme said:

"A hundred years on, the sheer scale and sacrifice of the First World War demand remembrance.

"Breaking with tradition, we are marking the start as well as the end of the conflict so that the anniversaries of the war will improve our understanding of its causes, conduct and consequences."

The 4th August events

  • A Service for the Commonwealth at Glasgow Cathedral - 10.00am to 10.50am
  • Commemoration at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's St Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium - 7.30pm GMT, 8.30pm CET, to 8.30pm GMT, 9.30pm CET
  • A Service of Solemn Commemoration at Westminster Abbey - 10pm to 11pm

How you can get involved

There will be similar events taking place across the UK in Anglican churches, including St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast and Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, and by acts of reflection in places of worship of other denominations and faiths.

You can also take part in Lights Out, from your home or workplace, by switching off your lights from 10pm to 11pm, leaving only a single light or candle lit. This will be a UK wide moment of reflection which will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War. You can show your support for Lights Out by signing up to a Thunderclap.   

During the day you can stay informed of the different events taking place by following #WW1Aug4 on Twitter.